Blackwater New Year’s Benefit Concert
Blackwater Railroad, the folk-rock five-piece voted the best original band in Anchorage this year, is back in the city for a New Year’s Eve concert at the Native Heritage Center. Their high energy dance-centric performance is often an unforgettable concert experience perfect to ring in the new year. Looking to build upon their Off the Highway Project, Blackwater aims to donate the profits from Monday night’s ticket sales to bringing more audio/video workshops to Tyonek, AK and to help Out North in their work to remaster and archive Cu’pik language gospel recordings on Nunivak Island.
“This year was huge for [Blackwater]. Getting out to Tyonek and then also in rural India were some of the main highlights for me,” said lead singer Tyson Davis. In addition to going ‘off the highway,’ the band also played a number of high-profile shows in the state including the season finale of Arctic Entries at the Performing Arts Center, the Main Stage at Salmonfest and the top of Mount Marathon in their hometown of Seward.
It was their successful headliner spot at the state’s largest music festival that really cemented the band as someone that Jim Stearns, the president of Salmonfest, wanted to continue working with. Stearns believes in the power of music to make a positive change in the world and decided to partner with the band on this event to “continue to push the limits of storytelling throughout the state.” The group intends to continue working out of the Native Heritage Center in 2019 with music and multi-media storytelling projects.
“At the end of the day, this is a Blackwater show on New Year’s Eve and we are going to bring the Party,” said Nichole Campanale the group’s Fiddle player.
The band will be joined by former Unfaithful Lovers frontman Dan Cronk who will be performing with a full band starting at 9:30 pm. General Admission tickets are on sale for $20/advance and $25/door. There will be early admission, champagne toast, private bar, coat check, special Blackwater merchandise and more for those that want to make it a VIP experience at $75 per ticket or two for $125. Always a hit with the servicemen and women, the concert close to JBER off of Muldoon has special discounts for Active military for only $15 General Admisison.